Known for its 23 miles of sunny coastline, Fort Lauderdale is a city on the southeast coast of Florida in the United States that perfectly fits the tourist’s dream image of sunny California; with its beautiful white sandy beaches, blue waves, swaying palm trees, ocean breezes and 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, it is everything you thought Florida should be and more. On top of its iconic beaches, Fort Lauderdale is also known as the ‘Venice of America’ for its scenic network of inland waterways fed by the Atlantic Ocean and New River. The largest municipality of Broward County, Fort Lauderdale was incorporated in 1911 and was named after forts built in the Second Seminole War (the forts were in turn named after Major William Lauderdale, the commander of the soldiers who built the forts).
On top of being known for its coast, the city’s port - Port Everglades - is also one of the busiest cruise-ship ports in the world, making it a popular transit stop for tourists boarding cruises set to sail the Caribbean seas.
If you’re thinking of spending your vacation in the city, having a car would greatly increase your mobility and allow you to explore the surrounding areas as well. Driving in Fort Lauderdale is not difficult, as the city is laid out in a standard north-south grid which makes navigation relatively straightforward. If not, a large fleet of water taxis are also available to shuttle you around the confusing network of canals in the city. For those who prefer taking public transportation, the Sun Trolley is a popular choice - it goes through the entire city, stopping at many major attractions.
What to see and do
Once in Fort Lauderdale the first thing you should do is hit the beaches, of course. For the best of the best, try Fort Lauderdale Beach - it is seven miles of white sandy paradise, one of the United States’ best and cleanest beaches. Stretching alongside the sand is a gorgeous promenade lined with palm trees, chic boutiques, cafes and bars just waiting for you to step in for a cool drink to go with the sunshine or a new swimsuit. If you tire of lazing in the sun (if that ever happens) grab a pair of skates to zip around the promenade on, or rent some aquatic equipment for some diving or snorkelling fun in the clear blue sea. For adrenaline junkies, jet ski and boat rentals are also available.
Afraid of running into noisy children that might ruin your quiet day in the sun? Fret not - with 7 miles of coast, there’s plenty of sand to go around and the entire beach is divided into sections that suit different types of beach lovers. There’s a dedicated family area and even a dog-friendly section, so sun-worshippers don’t have to worry about getting romped on by wet dogs and children can run free without disturbing the peace of others.
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